MOG Fest joins cycling bonanza this weekend
Tis the season for bikes and bicycle riders of all kinds: fat-tire enthusiasts, skinny-tire aficionados, kids, old folks — all of us.
The MOG Outdoor Fest is coming to downtown Grand Junction this weekend, the same weekend as Colorado Mesa University hosts the Maverick Classic and its downtown criterium.
MOG, by the way, stands for manufacturers of outdoor gear.
The festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in downtown Grand Junction, with Mesa Theatre showing films from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, just to get everyone pumped up for springtime bicycle riding.
Saturday, a good chunk of downtown Grand Junction is blocked off for the MOG Fest Gear Sale and a special gear swap to help support the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). Gear for all types of outdoor sports will be available.
There will be beer, bands and much more. For more information, go to http://www.mogoutdoorfest.com.
While all of this is going on, you’ll be able to watch some nationally ranked college athletes whiz by you in the downtown criterium. The races begin at 1 p.m., with numerous racing categories. The course is a 0.95-mile flat loop winding around historic downtown Grand Junction with wide and narrow corners and a winding Main Street. The start/finish line is on White Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.
Much-Anticipated Road Paving
The west tunnels on Rim Rock Road on Colorado National Monument are tough on skinny-tire bike riders. Wicked tough.
Soon, however, that will be rectified.
The west side overlay tunnel project (aka Project Smooth Surface) will occur later this spring when the tunnel ambient temperature reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
After the construction project, the Rocky Mountain National Park road-striping crew will stripe the entire Rim Rock Drive.
The tunnel project costs $70,000 and is being funded by the revenue collected at the entrance stations.
You can purchase annual National Park passes for $80 and annual National Monument passes for $20 at the east and west entrance gates to Colorado National Monument.
Do you want to support your fellow bikers? This is not the Hell’s Angels. It’s not the Sons of Silence ...
It’s “Grand Valley Bikes,” a local bicycle advocacy group.
According to the mission statement posted on its website, gjcyclists.blogspot.com, “We are a group of citizens, cyclists and motorists working toward significantly increasing active transportation in the Grand Valley. We seek to collaboratively engage public and private stakeholders through outreach, education and fun, in order to increase bicycle accessibility and connectivity, improve cycling infrastructure, advance bicycling and traffic safety, and encourage enforcement.”
Spring is certainly the bicycling season here in the Grand Valley. Please be safe and watch out for each other — whether you’re a cyclist or motorist, or both, as most of us are.